Trudi Nisbet is a textile and fibre artist with a passion for creating stunning contemporary art with a deep connection to the traditional arts and crafts.
Trudi’s philosophy “there are no mistakes, only design elements” makes for a very relaxed and flexible learning environment, allowing creativity to overflow.
Trudi’s Diploma in teaching has given her not only a great foundation for teaching, but has highlighted the importance of having fun while learning.
Ken weaves articles such as scarves, shawls, floor rugs, home wares, and wall hangings.
All articles are individually designed and handwoven using beautiful fibres including silk, alpaca, cotton, tencel, and fine wool.
Ken’s weaving ranges from classic and earthy, to funky and energetic. From the spark of an idea through to meticulous design, to fringing and hemming, Ken’s handwoven items are designed, produced, and presented with joy and delight using up to 16-shaft looms, shaft-switching rug loom, and computerised loom.
Peter Ronne lives on a hill in a swamp with his beautiful wife Rose and works in his shed and back garden with tools ranging from chain saws to delicate carving implements.
Presently his practice is concerned with surfaces, the depths being left to philosophers and x-ray technicians. Lately he has been in pursuit of smoothness so as to emphasize the new surface revealed by removing the old one. The grain of the wood, its knots, and ravaged spaces are always a surprise to be worked around and into the piece. The forms he reaches for are the ghosts of archetypes and cartoons. Humour, presence, and moments of attention in a world of anxious chatter, these are hopefully what the carvings may achieve. A hint of practicality enters through the flattish tops of some, where drinks or flower pots may be left to linger.
For years he worked in stone which is heavy and produces an abrasive powder. Wood is lighter and having been alive carries an echo of that life with it. Stone needed to have its story pounded into it whereas wood carries so much of the story on its own. As always there is dust, but it is redolent and doesn’t scratch spectacles.
About these pieces:
The Guardians 1 & 2 are named for their apparent posture and anonymity. One cannot really tell who they are, but they stand ready in case of emergency.
The Money Changer is changing money, in this case a handful of New Zealand coins into a scattering North Korean ones.
So What is a comment on the cult of appearances.
Hunger Bureau is a furnishing for hungers which can be used as a letter (remember them?) holder and drink stand.
Old Man represents an ancient codger content to lean upon his staff.
Song for Odysseus references that song from antiquity which drove a great hero bonkers.
Robyn was born and raised in Sydney, and as a young woman studied Fine Art at East Sydney Technical College. By day she worked as a retoucher in a Print Shop and in the evenings studied painting and ceramics. As a mature-age student, she continued her studies at the City Art Institute, majoring in painting & drawing. Robyn further added to her knowledge by studying Scientific Drawing at Macquarie University and attending print-making courses at various studios.
Robyn has taught a variety of art mediums at various institutions and schools.
“The most enjoyable would have been teaching and exhibiting as Artist in Residence at Thredbo Village.”
Robyn has exhibited in numerous galleries in Sydney and Newcastle including in her own pop-up gallery.
“I have always been a keen supporter of the environment and my work reflects this. In my paintings and printmaking I use images of our home environment as well as the wildlife that surrounds us.”
Lyn has been Weaving, Spinning, Felting, Dyeing Fibres along with many aspects of the Fibre Industry for many years. Her love is, to make an individual piece in which to make the wearer feel special. Her studio is full of fabulous fibres, yarns and embellishments, to be able to create that special piece. Her Weaving is unique in colours and style.
Creation is what she loves to do.
Judy Connors has lived in Newcastle all her life, and has been painting for 20 years.
Her teacher was the late Lorrie Jorritsma, who was also a dear friend.
She has tried all mediums and subject matter and now loves using pen and ink to produce really quirky animal sketches always adding that extra little bit to make them all unique.
John Morris is a reductive landscape painter with a lifetime of experience as an artist with which to inform students in technique, composition and materials.
John’s work can be seen in major gallery and private collections. He was the winner of the 2018 Newcastle Club Foundation Art Prize.
Rachel Milne studied Painting at Cardiff University in the UK, graduating in 2000.
She moved to Australia in 2013, and has shown her versatility as a painter of en plein air landscape, still life and portraiture.
In her first year in Australia she won the Singleton Portrait Prize. Since then Rachel has been included in major art prize exhibitions including the Archibald Salon des Refuses, the Kilgour Prize, The Wynne Prize and the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize to name but a few.
Rachel is represented by King Street Gallery on William, Sydney.